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Dave Wilson, assistant art professor, stands next to one of the five renditions that were done of him as a part of the current show at the Ruddell Gallery. Wilson collaborated with five of his art students to create the exhibit, “Hello My Name Is…” that explores the relationships between six individual artists.

Five Black Hills State University students and their professor are currently displaying their art work in the Ruddell Gallery of the David B. Miller Yellow Jacket Student Union in an exhibition titled, “Hello My Name Is…”

Michael Baum, senior art major from Harrisburg; Mike Knutson, freshman art major from Spearfish; Karri Dieken, senior art major from Chadron, Neb.; Mark Slocum, sophomore communication arts major from Rapid City and Dustin M. Price, senior communication arts major from Spearfish, along with their professor, Dave Wilson, assistant art professor, have collaborated on this exhibition.

“Hello My Name Is…” explores the relationships between six individual artists. Excluding him or herself, each artist was asked to create a portrait concerning the other five artists in the group, resulting in five different interpretations regarding one individual.

The artists deconstructed each individual’s characteristic traits, or absence of, to reflect upon events, emotions and memories incorporated into the visual. For this exhibition, the artworks are presented in six groups with each group reconstructing the individual they represent. The artists had no limitations on materials.

There will be a reception for the artists March 29 from 2 p.m. – 4 p.m. in the Ruddell Gallery, with the show closing on March 30. The show will travel to the Laura A. Sprague Gallery at Joliet Junior College in Joliet, Ill. this summer. Other venues are also planned.

Wilson earned his bachelor’s degree in art and design in 1998 from Columbia College and his master of fine arts in 2001 from Illinois State University. He has been an assistant professor in the department of fine and applied arts at BHSU since 2004.